Returning to Church Survey
As you may already be aware, the Gainesville Seventh-day Adventist Church has approved a plan for returning to public worship services. In this plan, certain conditions must be met in order to consider the return that includes, but is not limited to, a consistent downward trend of COVID-19 infections in Hall County, GA. If you have not read the plan, it can be viewed online at
In addition to our plan, we want to get a better feel for what your thoughts are about returning. Our initial thought is that we would have 2-3 abbreviated services (limited to about 40 people) to start, but it all depends on how many of our members plan on going back right away. We will continue to offer live stream services for those who may not be ready to return to a public service just yet.
Thank you for your participation, your input will help us plan for our reopening.
Gainesville Seventh-day Adventist Church
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As local governments begin to lift bans on larger public gatherings, which of the following best describes your attitude toward returning to a worship service at church?
I will return the first opportunity we have
I will return at the first opportunity but with some concerns and precautions
I will wait several additional weeks before I attend
It may be quite a while before I return
What other type of activity BEST signals to you that it is time to open in-person worship at the church?
Local businesses are open
Local restaurant seating areas are open
The number of COVID-19 cases in our community is low
Social distancing and stay home guidelines have been lifted
Testing is widely available and utilized
An effective vaccine is widely available
All of the above
Would you be okay if we had to check every person's temperature as they entered the building?
If wearing a mask or face covering (fully covering nose and mouth) is a requirement to attend worship services, would you be okay with this?
Yes, I would not have a problem with wearing a mask
Maybe...I would wear one if required, but is there another option?
No, I am not okay with wearing a mask
Would you be willing to attend worship services at a different time that you typically would to allow people to spread out more?
What type of precaution should be our top priority for worship gatherings?
Limited passing or touching things (communion elements, offering plate, bulletins...)
Encourage social distancing - spread out the seating
Address foot traffic (prop open doors, one way flow entering and exiting)
Require masks to be worn by everyone
Provide hand sanitizer stations
Limit the gathering size, even if more services are required
All of these
None of these
Do you expect the church to offer Sabbath School as we resume?
Yes, as soon as we return
Maybe, if the church can establish good precautions
No, we should do Sabbath School classes online in the afternoon via Zoom
As soon as we receive clearance for public gatherings from our local officials, which of the following would you prefer for our church?
Resume in person worship services at our church immediately
Meet in smaller groups or size limited gatherings for a few more weeks before resuming in person worship services
Keep all activities online-only to see what happens with the virus
When we resume public services (we are anticipating sometime in July), how many people from your household will be attending?
If you plan on returning right away, are you willing to actively participate in the service?
I am willing to help clean/disinfect between services
I am willing to help run Audio/Visual equipment
I am willing to help direct people to where they need to go
I am willing to help wherever I am needed
I am just willing to attend
Do you have any comments or concerns?
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